The results of a new study could lead to the development of treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.
According to Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers, improved understanding of what takes place on the cellular level during the development of these diseases - which include Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's diseases - may aid with new drugs.
Evidence was presented in the report that suggests that structures comprised of pathogenic protein aggregates - inclusion bodies - which were previously thought to accompany disease onset, actually have a cell-biological function "that is not necessarily related to the disease conditions".
It was claimed by the researchers that some of those inclusion bodies are not toxic and are actually part of a natural protective process.
A recent study added to the weight of evidence already collected suggesting remaining mentally active can help older adults to protect their brain's integrity.
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